At Queen City FC, we aim to provide our players with standout coaching from a variety of seasoned and experienced coaches. Many of our staff members have years of experience playing or coaching at the collegiate, high school, and club levels, giving us the knowledge and expertise to provide all our players with a positive club soccer experience in Vermont.
President/Director of Coaching
Shane Bufano is the founder and current Director of Coaching for Queen City FC. Bufano started the club in 2011 and since then has developed the club from its original three teams to its current membership of 20-plus teams in 3 different regions in Vermont and Northern New York with over 300-plus youth players from U-8 to U-19 (Boys and Girls).
Currently the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Northern Vermont University Johnson, Bufano has earned numerous accolades in his coaching career for his work with Queen City FC, including two of the Vermont State Soccer Association’s highest honors: the 2016 VSA Administrator of the Year and 2013 VSA Girls Coach of the Year. In the spring of 2019, Bufano was added as an assistant to the Women's Soccer Program at Northern Vermont University Johnson as well.
Bufano has made a mark at NVU Johnson as he continued building off a strong first campaign with an even better season in 2018. The program reached some new heights since joining the NCAA as it surpassed the single season win mark by two games with a 10-win season. The team also set single season program records for Goals (45), Points (127), and Assists (37). The Badgers also reached the postseason for the first time since 2010, and earned the #4 seed in the North Atlantic Conference playoffs as a home playoff team which last happened in 2007. In addition, 3 players were selected for the NAC All-Conference teams with Rob Buonanno and Daniel Arriola as First Team selections, and John Folsom as a Second Team selection. Rob Buonanno ended the season leading the NAC in Goals (12) and Points (28), while 3 players were in the NAC's Top 5 in Points (Buonanno 1st, Arriola T-5, Salgado T-5). Additionally, 5 players were ranked in the top 5 in the NAC for Assists (Hanna - 3, Buonanno T-5, Arriola T-5, Holloway T-5, Croteau T-5) and Tristan Salgado joined Buonanno in the Top 5 for goals in 5th with 9 goals scored. During the season, 3 players were also selected as NAC Players of the Week (Joe Holloway, Rob Buonanno, and Daniel Arriola), while Arthur Clayton was selected as Defensive Player of the Week, and Tristan Salgado as Rookie of the Week. Buonanno was also selected as the HEROSports D3 Player of the Week for the week of October 21, 2018.
Bufano had a strong first season in 2017 as he was able to solidify the Badger roster to 25 players and guide the team to one of the best seasons in the past decade. The Badgers had a 5 win turnaround which was top 15 in NCAA DIII, while posting 7 wins (1 shy of a school record in the NCAA Era). The Badgers also set a record for most goals scored in a season in the NCAA Era with 43 in 2017. The team also improved a spot in the NAC Conference from the previous year. 3 Badgers earned conference awards with Dominic Caforia being selected the second team all-NAC, while Joe Holloway was selected NAC Rookie of the Week and Jarod Croteau was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.
Prior to NVU Johnson, Bufano served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Saint Michael’s College for two seasons under Wendy Elles, and was a boys assistant soccer coach at South Burlington High School for five seasons, where he helped South Burlington reach three Vermont Division 1 State Championship games, winning two titles (2011, 2014).
In addition to his DOC duties, Bufano has coached a variety of teams throughout Queen City FC, both male and female, from U-10 to U-19. He has guided his teams to several club tournament finals and championships at various levels.
As a player, Bufano earned several accolades as a forward for Green Mountain College. He was a two-time All-Conference selection in 2005 and 2006 in the Association of D3 Independents Conference (AD3I). In addition, he was the runner up for Rookie of the Year in the AD3I Conference in 2005 after scoring 16 goals during his first campaign for the Eagles. Bufano led the team in scoring and points in 2005 and 2006, and over three seasons finished with 24 goals and 8 assists after a knee injury cut his final season short in 2007. Bufano holds the NCAA Division III record for goals per game among institutions classifying to Division III, and is the Eagles’ Division III era leader in all-time goals and points, while also being the single-season leader in goals. He ranks in the top five all time in 13 different statistical categories. While at Green Mountain, Bufano also was a captain of the Varsity Tennis team and earned the GMC Scholar Athlete and Coaches Award (2007).
Prior to Green Mountain, Bufano played at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, VT where he was a part of the 2002 and 2003 Vermont state championship teams. He also played several years with Nordic Soccer Club, and was a member of Vermont ODP for three seasons.
Bufano holds several coaching certifications such as: the United Soccer Coaches (USC) Advanced National Diploma, USC Director of Coaching Diploma, USC Goalkeeping Diploma, USC Futsal Level I License, United State Soccer Federation (USSF) "D" License, and Coerver Youth Diploma 1&2.
Director of Fall Programming and Technical Director
Queen City FC is excited to announce the hiring of Ron McEachen as it’s new Fall Program Director and Technical Director. Ron is arguably the most decorated soccer coach living in the state of Vermont with vast experiences as a professional player and coach, as well as a 33-year college coach at both the D1 and D3 levels and as a staff member in the MLS with the New England Revolution.
Prior to joining the Queen City FC staff, he has compiled a 300-193-71 record while serving as Head Coach at the University of Vermont (D1), Skidmore College (D3) and Middlebury College (D3). For several years directly after his stint at UVM, Coach McEachen also coached in the professional ranks as a coach with the New England Revolution of the MLS. He has also served on the National Staff for the NSCAA and USSA. In his playing career, McEachen played at West Virginia University where he was an All-American. After graduating he played on professional teams from 1971-78. During that time he played with the New York Cosmos and Miami Toros of the NASL, as well as the Connecticut Wildcats, Pittsburgh Miners, and Rhode Island Oceaneers of the ASL.
Coach McEachen will begin with Queen City FC immediately and work with his first group of U8-U12’s in the fall of 2019. Ron’s core philosophy on the game will be a welcome addition with his focus on player centered coaching. “Players want information but the key is how it is acquired. Most youth sport educators say that creating an environment conducive to enjoyment and learning is most healthy. The best coaches create this situation by guiding the players during training. They DON’T talk constantly and dictate every move, decision, and action of the player. The successful coach allows the players to play freely and to make decisions on their own,” remarked McEachen about how he will lead at Queen City FC.
The addition of McEachen will add to an already talent staff of young coaches from the college and high school ranks. “I am so honored to have someone as highly regarded as Ron join our staff. I have now doubt that he is the perfect fit for our club as he will revamp the player education in our fall and winter programs, while staying true to our club philosophy of player centered instruction as well as community building,” remarked Queen City FC Director of Coaching Shane Bufano.
Director of Operations/U10-U12 Boys Director
"Mark brings many years of experience, expertise and energy to our program as a coach and a formal professional player. We are extremely excited to have someone of his stature in the Vermont community join our leadership team as well as work with our fine players," said Shane Bufano, Queen City FC President.
Mark is a local product from Shelburne, Vermont, and brings extensive soccer experience to the program as both player and coach. Mark has a diverse background in soccer where he is currently an assistant coach entering his 5th season with the women's soccer program at Middlebury College. In 2018, the Panthers fell in Penalty Kicks in the NCAA Division III National Championship game and reached a national ranking of #2 in the country during the season. In 2017, the Panthers also reached the NCAA tournament and finished with a final ranking of #18 in the country. In addition, he has spent the past decade working at Nordic Soccer Club with various premier teams. His love of coaching stemmed from a successful playing career where he was a standout at perennial powerhouse Champlain Valley Union High School. After high school, Mark played club soccer at the University of Vermont and then continued on to play professionally in Poland for Stal Rzeszow ZKS and also in Northern Ireland for Coleraine FC.
Sienko holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma, as well as an Advanced National Diploma, and the USSF “D” License.
Director of Goalkeeping
A Bedford, NH native, Ouellet has worked with several girls teams for Queen City FC in both the spring and fall seasons, and is the club’s Girls Director of Goalkeeping. Currently, Ouellet is the Head Girls Soccer Coach at Rice Memorial High School, and previously served as the goalkeeping coach at Burlington High School. In both season at the Helm of Rice Memorial she has led the Green Knights to the Vermont Division II State Championship game. In her first season (2017) with the Green Knights, Ouellet led the team to its first State Championship in 18 years. The Green Knights fell in penalty kicks to Milton in the state final after 2OT's and a 0-0 score. The team finished with a 15-3 record, and Ouellet was named the 2017 Lake Division Coach of the Year. In the 2018 season, the Green Knights fell 2-1 in 2OT.
Ouellet spent her playing career at Saint Michael’s College, where she was the Purple Knights’ starting goalkeeper. Prior to Saint Michael's College, Ouellet played at Bedford High School in New Hampshire where she was a 4-year starting goalkeeper. In 2009 and 2010 she was selected for the NH High School All-State team. In addition, she was a 2011 Twin State Selection. On the club circuit, Ouellet competed for Granite FC C.O.E Wanders, and played in the former MAPLE league and NEP. She was a 2010 New Hampshire State Cup Champion with Granite FC.
Ouellet holds licensure through the United States Soccer Federation as she has acquired a USSF "E" License.
Kyle Underwood is one of the longest tenured coaches on the Queen City FC staff having coached several age groups in both genders.
Underwood currently is an assistant coach at Northern Vermont University Johnson. In his first season with the Badgers, the team increased their win total by 5 from the previous year, which was a top 15 turnaround in all of NCAA Division III (2017). In his second season (2018) with the Badgers, the team set program records in NCAA Single Season Wins, goals, assists and points, and returned to the North Atlantic Conference playoffs for the first time since 2010. Underwood helps with all aspects of the program from recruiting to training and film study.
Underwood has worked at many different levels in the club and high school coaching ranks over the past decade. Most recently as the Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach at Missisquoi Valley Union in the fall of 2015 and 2016. Prior to becoming the Girls Varsity coach at MVU, Underwood also served previously as an assistant with the Boys Varsity Soccer team as well.
With Queen City FC, Underwood currently plays a versatile role working with player development in many teams within the club Queen City FC. Prior to working at Queen City FC, Underwood served as the Club Director for the Missisquoi Riverhawks FC up in Highgate, Vt. While there he coached several teams within the club and ran day to day operations.
Denis Nuñez enters his second season as a coach at QCFC. He will manage the 00-02 Girls and 03 Boys teams in 2018. He is currently the Head Varsity Coach at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington. This fall 2019 will be his second season at the helm of Rice.
Prior to becoming the Head Varsity Coach at Rice, Nuñez was the first assistant at Northern Vermont University Johnson with the Men's Soccer Program in 2017. During that season, the team increased the win total by 5 from the previous year which was a top 15 turnaround in all of NCAA Division III.
Nuñez is a former Division III NCAA soccer athlete at Lyndon State College and has worked primarily with U6 through U24 athletes through a variety of club and and collegiate coaching over the past 10 years. He worked at Lyndon State College as an intern Women's Assistant Coach and as a Varsity Room Strength and Conditioning intern at UVM. Coach Nuñez also won the 2017 VSA Coach of the Year award after being nominated for excellent performance in youth soccer.
Nuñez is also the founder of Grind Soccer Academy which is a local organization that provides private coaching, camps, and other programs to players in the off-season.
Nuñez earned a B.S. in Exercise Movement and Physiological Science in 2013 from The University of Vermont, where he continues to work in the study of Breast Cancer Research. He has also served as a Combat Medic/Healthcare Specialist in the Vermont Army NG for 10 years.
Nuñez holds a USSF National "E" Coaching License and Emergency Medical Technician Licenses.
Chris George - Staff Assistant/At Large Board Member
Coach George came to Queen City in 2013, initially leading a team that included current QC coach Ravshan Temirov. Since then, George has stepped into the position of QC Girls Program Director while working with both boys and girls QC teams. George’s Queen City teams have won multiple VSL League and Tournament Championships.
Coach George has several years of collegiate and high school coaching experience. Most recently, in 2018, Coach George took the helm as Head Men's Coach and Director of Soccer at his alma mater, Green Mountain College, after spending a year there as the assistant women's coach. In his single season leading the men's team before Green Mountain's closure, George led the team in an incredible turnaround as the team earned the program's highest win total since the early 2000s, ultimately losing in the NAIA AII Conference Championship. As Director of Soccer, George laid the groundwork for the GMC Women's team radical two-year turnaround as well, recruiting many of the talented players on their 2018 NAIA AII Conference Championship Team.
From 2006-2007, Coach George was Assistant Men's Coach at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and was part of their ECAC Championship season in 2007. George was also Head Women's Coach at King's for the 2007 season before moving back to Vermont in 2008. While at King's, George also coached with United Soccer Training Academy, preparing youth players to move into professional clubs in Europe.
In addition to Queen City, Coach George has coached with several other club teams in Vermont and other states. While in Pennsylvania, George got his club-coaching career started early, first working with younger teams in 1998 at Northeast Attack SC. When he moved back to Vermont in 2008, he started coaching at Far Post SC, leading boys and girls teams to multiple VSL League, Tournament, and State Cup Championships. During this time, he was also on the Rice Memorial High School Boys Soccer staff.
As a player, George played his collegiate ball at then NCAA DII Green Mountain College, earning Academic All-America Awards in 2003 & 2004 seasons. Growing up in Northeast Pennsylvania, he played with several top-level clubs. At Crestwood High School, George was a league all-star on the program's first League and District Championship teams.
Coach George has licensure through the United Soccer Coaches and United States Soccer Federation pathways. George has his USC Advanced National license as well as the USSF D License.
A native of Abington, MA out of Notre Dame Academy, Abby Rajotte rejoined the Queen City FC staff after some time back home in Massachusetts working with South Shore United. While with South Shore United, Abby worked as the Club's Marketing Coordinator. In addition, she also worked with SSU's Tots Program, and U10 and U12 age groups. With Queen City FC, she has served a similar role over a three year period.
Abby's coaching knowledge stemmed from a great playing career in the high school and collegiate ranks. Abby was a starter for the NCAA Division II Saint Michael's College Purple Knights beginning in her sophomore year. In all, she made 24 career starts from the midfield. Prior to Saint Michael's, she attended Notre Dame Academy in Massachusetts where she played four years of soccer and basketball.
Abby has licensure through the United States Soccer Federation pathway having acquired both the USSF D and E Licenses.
Rich has been coaching soccer in the area for over a decade in various roles from through various recreational, club and school programs. Currently, he is the first assistant at Milton High School for the Girl's program. During his two-year tenure he has worked with Shawntel Burke (Rich's sister) where they have won two consecutive Vermont Division II State Championships together (2017, 2018).
Rich has coached at the middle school level with Georgia Elementary and Middle School where he spent three years. In addition, he has also coached at the club level with Georgia SC, and Milton SC before joining the staff at Queen City FC.
Rich has licensure through the United States Soccer Federation Pathway as he has acquired a USSF E and F License.
Rich is a proud 21 year Retired Veteran of the US Military (Army and Air Force). He also has two daughters that are a part of the club as well.
Ravshan has worked with Queen City FC for several years since graduating as a player. A former QCFC player for several seasons, Ravshan played soccer at Burlington High School where he was a Vermont Division I State Championship Finalist.
Ravshan has coached with many teams in the club as an assistant for ages 9-17. He was tasked with leading the QC 04-05 Boys Black team in the spring of 2018 as a Head Coach, which he guided to an undefeated season and a VSA Division 3 Forest U-14 Boys Championship. In addition, Ravshan has worked for several years at the South Burlington Recreational Soccer Camp.
Ravshan has licensure through the United States Soccer Federation, having acquired a USSF E License. Currently, Ravshan is a student at UVM where he is getting a degree in accounting.
Kaylee Sullivan began coaching with Queen City FC in 2015 during her senior year at St. Michael’s College, where she was a four-year goalkeeper for the NCAA Division II Purple Knights. She currently serves as the girls varsity assistant coach at Rice Memorial High School. She has coached a number of age groups on the girls side, and will be leading a U12 team this spring as well as assisting with the a couple of the older girls teams. An East Greenwich, RI native, Sullivan has coached goalkeepers and players from across New England throughout her coaching career.
As a player, Kaylee was a graduate and member of the soccer, softball and basketball teams at East Greenwich High School in Rhode Island. She earned the Rhode Island Girls Soccer Coaches Association's Sportsmanship Award during her junior and senior years. She competed on the several teams during her club career in Rhode Island, most notably, Bruno United FC. Additionally, she played on the Rhode Island Division II softball state championship team as a junior.
Coach Ethan has been coaching as a head and assistant in the club since 2015. He has worked with various age groups from U8-U14. Prior to joining Queen City FC, he had coached a season with Blackwatch Premier Burlington learning under Bob Day.
Originally from Burlington, Ethan has played quite a bit of soccer having played as a youngster with the Burlington Catamounts, Far Post SC, and as a member of the Vermont ODP team. As he continued his career on the high school circuit, Ethan was part of a Burlington High School Boys Varsity team who was a finalist in the 2012 Vermont Division 1 State Championship.
Outside of soccer, Ethan is very active as a soccer referee working many high school and club games as a Level 7. Additionally, he just received his bachelors in finance from the University of Vermont with a minor in political science. He is also a member of the Vermont Air National Guard and is a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo.
Kyle Verchereau has coached at Queen City FC since 2016. As a coach he began young, training athletes at Capital Soccer Club learning under Peter Kim (Middlebury Women's Soccer) and George Cook prior to joining the staff at Queen City. Currently, in addition to working with Queen City FC, Kyle works with various organizations doing private training, soccer clinics, camps, and full teams.
As a player, Kyle has a great amount of collegiate, club and high school experience to build off of. He played collegiately at both Northern Vermont University Johnson and New England College, and was a defensive starter each year at both colleges. In high school, Kyle was a Vermont Division II First Team All-State player, as well as an All-Capital Division selection at U-32 High School in Montpelier.
Kyle has earned licensure through the United States Soccer Federation pathway, with his USSF "E" License.
Coach Christina joins us nearby from the University of Vermont in her first year with Queen City FC. She adds a wealth of quality playing experience at high levels as she has played a large role with the Catamounts thus far. She has started in 20 games since her sophomore season on the defensive unit.
Prior to UVM, Christina grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota. She competed at the club level for the Minnesota Thunder where she would help the team win the ECNL U17 North American Championship and was selected to the ECNL Player Development Program. Prior to finishing her career with the Thunder at the club level, she also won a US Soccer U15 National Championship for club with the Dakota Rev. In addition, Christina also competed for four seasons with Minnesota ODP in Region II. Christina attended Eastview High School in Minnesota where she was a a three sport athlete. As a senior at Eastview, she was a team captain for soccer and earned first-team all-state, all-conference and all-section honors. In addition to soccer, she competed in high school at the Varsity level for basketball and track and field.